Moscow City Hall to change voting procedure for buildings demolition again: votes of ‘clams’ to be considered ‘proportionally’

Moscow City Hall to change voting procedure for buildings demolition again: votes of ‘clams’ to be considered ‘proportionally’

Voting for demolition is carried out in accordance with the preliminary list which includes more than 4.5 thousand buildings.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced that the voting procedure for the demolition of buildings under the renovation program will be changed, although the voting itself has already begun.

Now, according to Sobyanin, the voices of the ‘clams’ (those who did not vote) "will be counted proportionally to the voices of other residents cast in favor of or against the inclusion of the building in the renovation program." Sobyanin did not bring any details of the proportional distribution of votes.

"For example, residents of 30% of apartments took part in voting: 15% of them voted in favor and 15% are against. If the votes of the ‘clams’ are put in one basket, we get an 85% of those who voted in favor. Summarizing the voting in this way, to be honest, seems wrong. Therefore, after consulting once again with experts, members of the Public Chamber, deputies, we will make changes in the procedure for conducting the voting," the Mayor explained. On the website of the Mayor's office, the document has not yet been published.

According to the current procedure, the ‘clams’ are counted as having voted for the demolition. Thus, to prevent the house from being demolished, at least one-third of all apartment owners must vote against it.

Previously, other changes in the voting procedure had been introduced: the City Hall gave the voting right to those who live in an apartment under a social rent contract.

"Those residents of five-story buildings who have not yet participated in the vote and do not want to entrust the future of their homes to others have two more weeks to express their personal opinion, "in favor of" or "against" the inclusion of their houses in the draft program of renovation, said the mayor of Moscow.

Voting for the demolition is carried out in accordance with the preliminary list of the Moscow City Hall that included more than 4,500 houses. As of June 1, 70 houses had already voted for the exclusion from the list, while only 47% of all apartments from the list took part in the voting. The voting will last until June 15.

The City Hall has promised the residents of the houses to be demolished to settle them in new apartments in the same area, and the apartments will be no less in number of rooms and living space.

The voting process was launched before the adoption of the federal law on renovation – it is awaiting the second reading in the State Duma. The first draft of the law suggested that the owners would not have the right to challenge the demolition of the house in court. By the second reading, this provision was promised to be deleted.

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